The SpaceWe will give you the Basic items to start cooking your food, including tea & coffee. If you need anything the shops are about 1 km (about a 10 minute walk) & my hospital is 800 m away for any help you need. Guest AccessYou can use the Kitchen, Sitting & living rooms and the lovely patio on the roof looking out at the paddy fields. 3 Additional bedrooms are available if required. Please contact me for details. Interaction with GuestsI have a holistic hospital 800 metres away. When you arrive, come to me first and my staff will take you to Shanti sharan & settle you in. The NeighborhoodExcursions
Kerala is well known as a tourist destination for its beauty, greenery, the clean and unpolluted air, and its peaceful and harmonious environment. There are many easy day excursions to enjoy the beauty of Kerala. These are described below and you may avail of these excursions between treatments provided you have Dr. Hiranandani’s go ahead!
Chengannur 5 kms away, is the nearest small town where basic necessities are available. It has an ancient Shiva Temple. It also has a Narasimha Swami temple with exquisite woodcarvings about 1200 years old. Traditional Kerala Ayurvedic massage is available at Pampatheeram on the way to Chengannur by prior appointment. It has a railway station where most trains stop, banks and ATM’s.
Aranmula 4 kms away, has the Parthasarathy Temple which is reputed to be 8000 years old. This temple is built on the site where Ram performed the last rites of Jatayu. A magnificent boat race is held here at the time of Onam (In August/September). It is famous for metal mirrors which are unique to this village. We can arrange for you to visit an artisan to see how these are made. Aranmula also has the Vastu Vidya Gurukulam where you can see traditional mural painters at work and buy their art.
Thiruvalla 14 kms away, is a larger town has 5 malls and big Saree shops. The Sree Vallabha temple here has Kathakali performances every night. Close to Thiruvilla is Niranam where St. Thomas, an Apostle of Christ built his first church in AD 52. The ancient church has now been reconstructed. Worship at this site has been conducted continuously for almost 2000 years.
Alleppey, 42 kms away is an ancient port which was known as the Venice of India for its many canals. It has a public beach which is easily accessible. It is a good place to buy coir mats, uniquely designed umbrellas & hammocks.
Mannar 13 kms away, lies between Chengannur and Niranam and has many shops which sell brass items like lamps, statues and curios
A trip on the backwaters can be one of the highlights of a trip to Kerala. These are channels both natural & artificial which open to the sea and extend inland allowing direct access by boat to most parts of coastal Kerala. They act as the roads and highways for many hundreds of thousands of people. As many Kerala homes are situated on the backwaters it gives you an inside look into the lives of the people of Kerala. You can take excursions on the backwaters, from Alapuzha or Kottayam (40 kms, about 1 hour away). Excursions on House boats cost between Rs (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) for a 20 hour stay on the houseboat including meals and Rs 350-400/ hour for a motor boat. These rates may rise during peak tourist season.
Kottayam, 45 kms away (about 75 min journey) is famous for its rubber trade and it’s numerous lakes. The town makes a pleasant outing for a day. It has many shops and resorts. Gold jewellery with exquisite workmanship is available at the numerous gold shops in Kottayam. The Chariyapally & Valiayapalli churches on the way to Kumarakom, dating back to the 16th Century are worth a visit.
Kumarakom, 15 kms from Kottayam situated between the backwaters and Vembanad lake on the outskirts of Kottayam, has a bird sanctuary and many luxurious resorts like Coconut Lagoon, Taj Garden Retreat and Lakeshore resorts. You can take a trip on the backwaters from here.
The Thekkady game sanctuary is about 100 kms (3 hours) away and is usually a good place to see wild elephants, wild boar, sambhar deer, bison, monkeys & birds in their natural habitat in the dry season. If you are really lucky you may even see a tiger here. To take this trip you need to be mobile and physically fit. The nearby town of Kumily is a good place to buy natural unprocessed honey and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, black pepper & vanilla beans.
Kochi is the nearest city with lots of shopping and sightseeing.
It is 100 kms away and can be visited either as a day trip or over the weekend. It has a museum of Kerala history and the hill palace at Tripunithara. Ernakulam has several new Malls on Marine drive & the Cochin Bypass Road. Shopping is found on M.G. Road and on Broadway. The harbour has boat trips to Fort Cochin & Vypeen Island.
Fort Cochin has the Dutch Palace, Vasco da Gama’s Church, the Jewish synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, seafood, & shopping for souvenirs, antiques and spices in Jew town.
Trivandrum is the state Capital, 120 Kms away and also has much to visit by way of handicrafts, museums, temples, zoos, beaches, etc. The famous Kovalam beach is located just out side Trivandrum (15kms).
Varkala 80 Kms, away has a nice beach with a hot spring located on the beach. This is easily accessible by train.
Athirapally waterfalls 40 kms north of the Cochin Airport is a worthwhile sight specially in the monsoon time when the water rushes over the falls. Getting AroundThe main road is a walk of 700 metres about 6-7 minutes. Buses, taxi's and auto- rickshaws are available here. We also have Tel numbers of Taxi's and auto rickshaws which you can call from Shanti Sharan. We can also arrange a Taxi to get you from the airport or railway station.